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  • Mental Health Awareness Week
    RAF's leading welfare charity extends support for veterans' mental health

    The RAF Benevolent Fund has recently awarded a grant of £250,000 to Combat Stress in recognition of the vital work it does to help veterans with mental health problems. This brings the total awarded to Combat Stress to £2.1 million since 2014.

    Press Release

  • Tia Carter with Serena  Williams and Angelique Kerber
    Airplay youngster's day at Wimbledon's Centre Court

    Airplay youngster Tia Carter had the time of her life earlier this month when she was invited to perform the Wimbledon Ladies’ Final Coin Toss, by the Wimbledon Foundation. In this guest blog, Tia gives us the lowdown on her unforgettable day.

  • Nik Bartram generations
    "My great-grandfather was one of the first to join the Royal Air Force"

    For one family, the Royal Air Force's centenary isn't just a national celebration – it's a very personal one. For them, 1 April 1918 marked the beginning of four generations of service.

  • First Great Escape
    Running to remember great-granddad's Great Escape

    At midnight on 23 July 1918, 2nd Lieutenant Jock Tullis of the Royal Flying Corps tunneled out of and escaped the prisoner of war camp of Holzminden, Germany. Now, 100 years on, in the Royal Air Force's centenary year, Jock's great-grandson James Dean and his father Paul, are recreating the Great Escape by running the very same route taken from Germany to Losser in the Netherlands.

  • Pete Ashcroft aboard Voyager
    The RAF100 flypast from a very different perspective

    As thousands looked to the skies over London for the RAF100 flypast earlier this month, two RAF Benevolent Fund staff members had a very different view. Our Welfare Projects Executive Pete Ashcroft explains.

  • Luke Delahunty at Westminster Abbey
    "A day to remember and a day to be proud"

    RAF Benevolent Fund beneficiary Luke Delahunty joined Her Majesty The Queen and members of the Royal Family at a Westminster Abbey service to celebrate the RAF's centenary earlier this month. In this guest blog, he tells us about his day.

  • Stan Hartill
    Remembering the man who helped keep the Spitfires in the sky

    Stan, who has died aged 97, was always humble about his contribution to the war effort, insisting he was 'just doing his job' but we remember his bravery and selflessness.

  • Tia Carter
    RAF youngster to perform Coin Toss at Wimbledon Ladies' Final

    Eleven-year-old Tia Carter will represent the Royal Air Force and the RAF Benevolent Fund when she takes part in the Coin Toss Ceremony on Centre Court today.

  • Mike and Dave Waring
    RAF100 represents a century of service for one RAF family

    The Royal Air Force's centenary is a moment to celebrate for all RAF personnel. But for one serviceman there is more cause for reflection – his family has been a part of the service for almost as long as it has existed!

  • RAF100
    RAF100: The finale

    This Tuesday, thousands of spectators gathered in London to watch the thrilling finale of the Royal Air Force's centenary celebrations, culminating in a 103-aircraft flypast.

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